Mobile users will be able to retain their numbers across the country with all operators gearing to launch the full Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service Friday to meet a deadline set by the government.
A Parliamentary Committee will discuss the controversial issue of net neutrality on Thursday at a meeting where officials of telecom companies like Airtel, Vodafone and Idea are expected to present their views.
Mobile users will pay less for roaming from Friday as leading operators, including Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and RCom, slashed their roaming rates by up to 75 percent weeks after regulator TRAI cut ceiling tariffs.
Successful spectrum bidders, including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Idea, have made Rs 10,808 crore towards upfront payments, helping the government meet its fiscal deficit target of 4.1 per cent for 2014-15.
Idea Cellular Ltd, India`s third-biggest mobile operator by market share, spent 303.06 billion rupees ($4.84 billion) to buy mobile airwaves in the country`s spectrum auctions, telecoms minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday.
Telecom firm IDEA Cellular Ltd has been fined Rs 71,000 by a consumer forum for not redressing a complaint of a woman against unwanted activation of a service on her mobile connection which voluntarily disconnected calls.
The Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear the Centre's plea challenging TDSAT's judgement that allowed 3G intra-circle roaming and issued notices to Airtel, Idea and Vodafone which were allowed to offer 3G services in areas where not all of them own 3G spectrum.